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Family fun in Boston is around every corner.  From the waterfront to the Fens, and across the river too, Boston is full of family-oriented attractions.  We make history fun with tours of the Freedom Trail and interactive exhibits at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.  Don’t worry about those little feet getting fatigued because everything in Boston is nearby.  If you do need a rest, hop aboard a Trolley Tour.

Boston Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours is a perfect fit for any group outing in Boston. Our fully narrated land and water...

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS CONSTITUTION, by...

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

A live theatrical performance reenacting the "single most important event leading up to The American...

Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston

Hop aboard the city’s most comprehensive sightseeing tour, Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston! The...

Boston CityView Trolley Tours

See The Freedom Trail and Historic Boston with an unlimited On-and-Off all-day pass that includes a...

Boston museums are full of adventure.  Start with the Boston Children’s Museum in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood.  The Children’s Museum has been engaging and entertaining young minds for over a century, spend the day never hearing the words "Don't Touch!" Head north along the waterfront and you will arrive at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf.  Play with the seals, watch the penguins frolic, behold the Giant Ocean Tank, and get hands-on at the Shark and Ray Touch Tank.  Outside the Aquarium you will find an IMAX theater and whale watching excursions depart on the hour.

Adjacent to the Aquarium is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, full of food trucks, water fountains, art installations, open air market vendors  and a unique carousel.  Head into Faneuil Hall Marketplace to peruse food vendors inside Quincy Market and scintillating street performers up and down the corridors of the historic marketplace. 

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children's Museum has been building innovative, meaningful, and fun exhibits for over 100...

Rose Kennedy Greenway

The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Rose Kennedy Greenway...

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Eat, drink, and be captivated at 14 restaurants and pubs including Cheers, McCormick & Schmick's and...

New England Aquarium

Experience the wonder of 70 exhibits featuring aquatic animals from around the world. Get your hands...

The Museum of Science is conveniently located just off the Green Line T.  Take the T to Science Park and you will see the famous T-Rex looming outside the building.  Explore the Butterfly Garden, Hall of Human Life and recently opened Yawkey Gallery.  Outside the museum the iconic Boston Duck Tours have a departure location in addition to their Prudential Center location.  Hop aboard to see Boston from land and water.

Prudential Center

Prudential Center, New England’s #1 shopping and dining destination, features over 60 shops and...

Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Tours

Visit Fenway Park, "America's Most Beloved Ballpark" Nestled in the city of Boston and visited by...

Museum of Science

Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science! Experience the power of discovery...

Trademark Tours

Tour Harvard Square Safely! "The Hahvahd Tour," our public tour of Harvard Square and Harvard...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is undergoing a $12M renovation to become one of the world's first...

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Read the new Harvard Museums of Science & Culture “Know, Show, Go,” policies and make an advance...

Across the river Cambridge is great for families as well.  Tour Harvard University with Trademark Tours and stop by the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see the famous Glass Flowers and new Marine Gallery.  In neighboring Somerville the Legoland Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Come to Boston! An old city that’s perfect for young families.

 

Family Events & Activities

Family Friendly Events

Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit

Two families of harbor seals live in the Aquarium’s exhibit. Each seal looks different and has a distinct personality. Photographs and descriptions help visitors identify the individual seals. Many people still remember Hoover, the Aquarium’s famous talking harbor seal. Hoover...

Boston Common Visitor Center - Open Daily

The Boston Common Visitor Center is Open Daily! While visiting Boston, visit our Information Centers to book tours, buy souvenirs, and get general information on Boston and the region.    HOURS OF OPERATION: Daily, 8:30am - 5:00 pm

Boston Harbor City Cruises: Whale Watch

Set sail with us for the whale watch experience of a lifetime. Our destination: Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures. You’ll have a good chance to view several different species of large whales,...

BOSTON LIGHTS: A LANTERN EXPERIENCE

Boston Lights will once again illuminate Franklin Park Zoo with sparkling new lantern additions, plus a few returning favorites! Experience the wonder of over 55 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres....

Carousel on The Boston Common Frog Pond

The Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel Ticket Prices Tickets – $4/ride, 10 Ride Card for $30 2022 Schedule Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00...

Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure

Dino Safari is a walk-thru dinosaur exhibition with over 30 realistic and scientifically-accurate animatronic creatures. Get up close and personal with these giant dinos in a thrilling experience! Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure will continue for a limited time in a large...

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

What do you get when you combine a cursed privateer, a pyromaniac circus ringleader, a demon spat out of the pits of Hades, a homicidal opera diva, and a deranged nanny? An experience unlike anything else in Boston! Those are just a few of our guides who will drag you kicking and...

Greenway Carousel

We look forward to welcoming you at the Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove! Take a spin on one of our native New England carousel creatures, located in the heart of downtown Boston. Hours of operation will be Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and...

How Do You See the World? + Mapparium™ experience

How Do You See the World? features compelling stories about global progress—how individuals worldwide have overcome challenges and found hope. Located on the Christian Science Plaza, the space encourages you to reflect on this question while exploring the interactive exhibits....

Legoland Discovery Center

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center attraction reopens on 2/5/2021 with limited 90-minute PlayTimes. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The LEGO City Play Zone, 4D Movie Theater, Factory Tour, Duplo Farm (slide area), Cafe and Karaoke at Olivia House remain closed. Please visit our...

Lexington Visitor Center: Walking Tours

Let our costumed guides transport you back in time to 1775 as they share the events that occurred on this hallowed ground over 240 years ago, at the very start of the American Revolution. Discover the everyday people – the original patriots - who stood up for what they...

Penguin Exhibit

Penguins spend most of their lives at sea, but every penguin needs to come ashore to breed, molt, and raise chicks. All penguins live south of the equator. Some penguins live in or near Antarctica, but most prefer more temperate climes. African penguins nest in burrows on or near...

Salem Haunted Happenings

Welcome to Salem Haunted Happenings, the largest celebration of Halloween in the world! Salem is excited to welcome more than a half-million visitors to the parties, parades, vendor fairs, walking tours, museums, attractions, and special events. Plan ahead, put on your costume,...

SelfieWrld Boston: Instagrammable Moments

Arguably one of the most instagrammable places in the East Coast, here you can immerse yourself into our fun, eye-catching, interactive art installations with over 20 rooms and 35 photo opportunities. Experience many unique themes knowing we had your best selfie in mind. Bring...

Simons Theatre at New England Aquarium

The Simons Theatre is open seven days a week. Hours are the same as Aquarium hours, with the last show starting 40 minutes before closing. Enjoy a giant screen experience in our newly renovated Simons Theatre. Moviegoers will enjoy comfortable, high-backed seats while watching...

Urban Adventure Quest - Now Open

Turn Boston and the Freedom Trail into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving...

Winter Skate

One of New England’s time-honored winter traditions is bundling up the family to go skating on a frozen pond. Patriot Place is both honoring and updating that tradition with Winter Skate, a professionally maintained and easily-accessible ice skating surface located conveniently...

Boston Together Again Kids & Pets Festival

The Boston Together Again Kids and Pets Festival is fun for your whole family ... even the furry members. We'll be out on Boston Common, right by the carousel, every Wednesday with doggie treats and obstacle courses, toddler play areas, lawn games, face painting, and more. Boston...

GoPixelYourself Selfie Museum at CambridgeSide

If you've got it - flaunt it! Bring your friends and family to visit GoPixelYourself, an 'Instagrammable museum' creating an experience for all ages open at CambridgeSide (CambridgeSide.com). GoPixelYourself presents a 13-room immersive experience including a 747-jet ready for...

The Japanese House at Boston Children's Museum

Welcome to the Japanese House! Walk down the street, take off your shoes, and step into an authentic two-story silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Families can explore every corner of this fully-equipped Japanese house reconstructed in Boston by Japanese carpenters. Japanese...

Boston by Little Feet

Travel through 300 years of history on this fun and interactive tour of Boston's Freedom Trail. Designed for families with children 6-12 years old, this tour encourages discovery and exploration. On this walk, children will experience historical sites that played a key role in...

Blue's Clues & You! Live On Stage

Blue’s Clues & You! Live on Stage is an epic new adventure! Josh is conjuring up a magical theater show, but he needs YOUR help! Kids and families will fall in love with theater as they solve Blue’s Clues to find out what Josh needs to make a show. With Broadway-style song...

Lawn-A-Palooza / Battle of the Bands

The Lawn On D will be hosting our first ever Lawn-A-Palooza / Battle of the Bands! Free and fun for all ages and Halloween costumes ARE encouraged! Food & beverage will be available for purchase from 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Family Activities - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 12:00 pm - 4:00...

National Fossil Day: More Than Dinosaurs! (In-Person Special Event)

Paleontology is about more than dinosaurs! Harvard paleontologists study amazing non-dinosaur fossils including early mammals, ancient invertebrates, whales, crabs, and more! Meet members of the Stephanie E. Pierce Lab for Vertebrate Paleontology and the Ortega-Hernández Lab for...

Wee the People: Water Protectors

Join us in honoring Indigenous Peoples Day with this interactive workshop hosted by Wee the People of Boston! Water Protectors: Exploring Indigenous Identity and Climate Change is a program that helps children and their families understand indigenous values, rethink how they...